1866-1871 Diaries and Letters of Maggie Royston


THANK GOD WE HAVE THE COMFORT OF HEAVEN
THE 1866-1871 DIARIES AND LETTERS OF MAGGIE ROYSTON

Edited by HEATHER PALMER
and published by the Sherman Preservation League Press
ISBN 0-9760489-1-4

 

In 1866, when sixteen year old Margaret Hensley Royston began her journal, she had a special need for a confidant. Even by nineteenth century standards of loss Maggie's life had been and would continue to be filled with enormous sorrow. Maggie's diary and extant family letters from 1866-1871 tell both her compelling personal story and about life in the Reconstruction era South. Maggie's most passionate wish -- to remain with who was left of her family -- led her to make a decision which seems extraordinary to us today, yet when seen in the context of her perception, made perfect sense.

The book's editor, Heather Palmer, is uniquely suited to present this work to the public and her meticulous research enables readers to understand the many subtle finer points of the era. The extensive foot notes are compelling reading on their own! A former museum director in Texas as well as a curator at several properties in Washington, D.C. for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Historian at Blair House, the President's Guest House, she has made understanding nineteenth century women's history her life's work. She has taught college and elderhostel courses on historic editing and has authored hundreds of published articles on nineteenth century history. Her books include three history workbooks for children and several history books.

The book is available for $20 a copy (plus $4 for mailing up to five books) by writing to: The Sherman Preservation League, P.O. Box 159, Sherman, Texas, 75091-0159

Because the editor has assigned all proceeds to the not-for-profit Sherman Preservation League for the maintenance of the C. S. Roberts Historic House museum, book purchases are tax deductible as allowable by law. Book stores, colleges and other vendors may purchase lots of 10 books or more for $15 a copy and $8 for postage of each set of 10. For further information, please call the museum at 903-893-4067.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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